Nagisa-no-Koban (Seaside Patrol Stations) Project
Nagisa-no-Koban Making a Clean Ocean that Can Be Enjoyed Safely with Peace of Mind
The ocean gives so much bounty that it is referred to as “Mother Ocean,” and based on this idea, The Nippon Foundation has been supporting groups working in seaside locations to bring people closer to the ocean. Through these activities, we have gained a better understanding of the actual situation at these locations, and have learned that because of the highly specialized nature of many seaside activities, local residents and the general public find it difficult to participate. This makes it hard to build relationships with other people engaged in similar activities, or to form new relationships with people working outside one’s own area of specialization.
To address these issues, The Nippon Foundation has decided to reposition its seaside activities from a “segment” focus to a “regional” approach. With this change, we realized that approaching seaside activities as a “region” from a cross-segment perspective, rather than supporting a particular segment, makes it possible to coordinate among organizations engaged in seaside activities in the same region and to encourage local residents to become more involved in these activities, thereby facilitating the resolution of seaside-related issues in the local area.
The Nippon Foundation launched the Nagisa-no-Koban project to establish tangible starting points for this work. The project builds patrol stations that bring together various seaside activities, the people involved in those activities, and information related to those activities, in one place, cutting across organizations. This enables various local organizations and activities, including but not limited to those involved in local seaside activities, to work together, approaching the seaside as a surface rather than as a point, to enhance safety and peace of mind and create ocean environments that are accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
List of Nagisa-no-Koban
As of September 2021, a total of 11 Nagisa-no-Koban had been established across Japan.
(Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
(Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture)
(Obama City, Fukui Prefecture)
(Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture)
(Saiki City, Oita Prefecture)
|Aoshima Beach Center Nagisa-no-Koban
(Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture)
(Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
(Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture)
(Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture)
(Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture)
|Hinase Umi Lab Nagisa-no-Koban
(Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture)
Aoshima Beach Center Nagisa-no-Koban
(Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture; opened in 2009)
This was the first Nagisa-no-Koban, and is operated and used by local residents.
To facilitate efficient beach operations, the Order for the Designated Management of Miyazaki City Aoshima Beach Center was enacted (taking effect in 2012).
|Activities||Beach Center management, operation of Aoshima Beach Park, management of swimming areas, etc.|
|Facilities||Administrative office, meeting space, boathouse, etc.|
|Managing organization||Miyazaki City Tourism Association, Miyazaki City Lifesaving Club|
|Responsible local government entity||Miyazaki City Tourism Association|
|Location||Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture|
|Achievements||Development of government policies: Order for the Designated Management of Miyazaki City Aoshima Beach Center (took effect in 2012).
Revitalization of local tourism: Companies’ opening of hotels, eating and drinking establishments, souvenir shops, hot springs, and gardens
(Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture; opened in 2014)
This beach house promotes the healthy upbringing of young children through environmental activities using a platform of education, industry, tourism, marine sports, local communities, and local residents and tourists.
|Activities||Activities to promote marine education and the upbringing of young children, seaside environmental preservation, shoreline reclamation, etc.|
|Facilities||Administrative office, multipurpose space, café, etc.|
|Managing organizations||Omaezaki Smile Project, Omaezaki City|
|Responsible local government entity||Omaezaki City|
|Location||Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Achievements||Spillover effect on local community: Recognition from Kikugawa Police Department for contribution to reduction in vehicle thefts
Safety and security measures: Annual joint rescue drills with government and private-sector organizations
(Obama City, Fukui Prefecture; opened in 2014)
A new type of Nagisa-no-Koban, this beach house “uses the ocean as a local resource in the field of social welfare.”
Beach safety and environmental protection activities bring together local residents including older persons, persons with disabilities, and people without jobs.
|Activities||Salt production business, operation of social welfare office, sales of marine products, etc.|
|Facilities||Salt refinery, multifunction garden, outdoor stage, etc.|
|Managing organizations||Community Network Fukui, Fukushinet Kouenkai|
|Responsible local government entity||Obama City|
|Location||Obama City, Fukui Prefecture|
|Achievements||Development of government policies: Renovated as an official local government facility
Revitalization of local tourism: Hiring of persons with disabilities and older persons; Revitalization and expansion of health-promotion activities
(Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture; opened in 2016)
As a base from which to promote seaside food and leisure, the Koryukan features restaurants and shops selling fresh seafood and vegetables from the local Enshu region.
|Activities||Beach cleanups, local regional promotion, various events, etc.|
|Facilities||Administrative office, shops, kitchen, public space, etc.|
|Managing organization||Marine Project|
|Responsible local government entities||Iwata City, Fukuroi City|
|Location||Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Achievements||Local tourism revitalization: Increase in number of overnight visitors; Increase in number of persons buying local products; Increase in number of beach visitors|
(Saiki City, Oita Prefecture; opened in 2018)
The patrol station works to survey and protect seaside environments and animals, to create a society with people living in harmony with nature.
|Activities||Beach cleanups, hands-on experiences, sea turtle preservation, etc.|
|Facilities||Nature center, lodging facilities, public space, etc.|
|Managing organization||Oita Environmental Conservation Forum|
|Responsible local government entities||Oita Prefecture; Saiki City|
|Location||Saiki City, Oita Prefecture|
|Achievements||Development of government policies: Base location for tourism program being implemented by Saiki City
Local tourism revitalization: Increase in number of overnight visitors; Increase in number of persons buying local products; Increase in number of beach visitors
(Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture; opened in 2018)
The newest Nagisa-no-Koban is working with local residents to develop products using local specialties, and as a base for lifesaving activities in safety management and environmental preservation.
|Activities||Safety management, marine school, volunteer activities, workshops, etc.|
|Facilities||Administrative office, multipurpose auditorium, infirmary, kitchen, etc.|
|Managing organization||Shimonoseki Lifesaving Club|
|Responsible local government entity||Shimonoseki City|
|Location||Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture|
|Objectives||Maintenance of seaside safety
Creating local roots for young people while achieving a recycling-oriented society.
(Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture; opened in 2019)
This beach house was built as a center to connect the Yamaguchi City community to the ocean, and offers activities that can be enjoyed by the seaside.
|Activities||Seaside activities (stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking, etc.) nature activities, community interaction|
|Facilities||Multipurpose space, covered barbeque space, equipment for marine activities|
|Responsible local government entity||Yamaguchi Prefecture|
|Location||Yamaguchi Kirara Expo Memorial Park
Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
|Achievements||Increase in children’s affection for and curiosity about the ocean through marine and other nature activities; Creation of local community center that provides counseling and holds seminars, particularly for families facing difficulties|
(Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture; opened in 2020)
With a lifesaver regularly on duty, this beach house serves as a connection between Hamada Beach and the local community.
|Activities||Ocean education program, marine sports, marine industry experience (salt production), community beach safety management|
|Facilities||Multipurpose auditorium, lounge, library, showers, changing rooms|
|Managing organizations||Hamada Lifesaving Club|
|Responsible local government entity||Hamada City|
|Location||Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture|
|Objective||Teaching coexistence with the ocean for residents of seaside Hamada City through educational programs and marine sports|
(Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture; opened in 2021)
This beach house offers programs at the Onomichi seaside to enable children and their parents to feel closer to the ocean.
|Activities||Learning about coexisting with the ocean in the seaside city of Onomichi through a cultural experience (team rowing in small, wooden kohaya boats), marine industry experience and marine sports, and in cooperation with Fukuyama University, classes to learn about the ocean and ecosystem of Shimanami Beach through food|
|Facilities||Café space, community space, book gallery, etc.|
|Responsible local government entity||Onomichi City|
|Location||Innoshima Amenity Park
Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
|Objective||Function as a contact point for raising awareness of the ocean in a variety of ways|
(Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture; opened in 2021)
The first Nagisa-no-Koban in the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan offers a fishing village study program and marine activities for children.
|Activities||Long-term and short-term stay fishing village study programs (trial basis in fiscal 2021, full-scale program planned for fiscal 2022), marine activity experiences, etc.|
|Facilities||Seminar room, kitchen, dining area, dormitory for fishing village study participants, rooftop vegetable garden|
|Responsible local government entity||Ishinomaki City|
|Location||Ogatsu-cho, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture|
|Objective||Function as a center for marine education to learn about coexistence with the ocean|
Hinase Umi Lab Nagisa-no-Koban
(Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture; opened in 2021)
Providing a place for fishers and children to revitalize fishing grounds through marine education with a theme of “coexistence with the ocean”
|Activities||Oyster cultivation and shucking experience and amamo (eelgrass, a species of seagrass) bed revitalization experience with Hinase fishers, snorkeling, kayaking, etc.|
|Facilities||Multipurpose space, sales space, marine environment research room, restaurant, oyster shucking equipment, location for marine activities, etc.|
|Responsible local government entity||Bizen City|
|Location||Hinase, Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture|
|Objective||Pass on the bounty of the ocean to the next generation through local activities including amamo bed revitalization and oyster cultivation|